Garden shed plans

Erecting the frame

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With all the pieces of the frame already made up in the previous step, actually erecting the frame should be relatively straight forward.

Basic frame

Looking at Figure 4.1, you should be able to identify the pieces of the frame from the previous step.

If you chose to set anchor bolts into the concrete slab (as we recommended) then attaching the frame to the floor should be easy. Work out where the bolts contact the bottom of the frame and then drill holes through the wood for the bolts. Make the holes no larger than they need to be.

Nail a roof truss at each end and then one approximately half way along the length of the shed.

Nail two lengths of 1'' by 3'' timber along each side of the apex of the roof (as in the diagram). This timber will hold the roof up and provide a surface to nail into when you put the roof on.

With two more lengths of 1'' by 3'' timber, do the same as above at the lowermost point of the slope of the roof (see Figure 4.2)

Preparing for cladding

We have designed this shed primarily with "weatherboard style" cladding in mind. With this kind of cladding, you need to position lengths of 1'' by 3'' timber where they will cover the ends of the boards.

Using timber in this way (see Figure 4.2) covers the untidy edges of the cladding and also covers gaps.

Figure 4.3 shows how to install the bargeboard and the timber that will cover the corners of the cladding. Remember that you need something to nail the cladding to, so don't cover the whole edge of the frame with the timber (look closely at the diagram).

Leaving room to nail cladding won't give you much to nail the bargeboard too. But your saving grace will be the ends of the 1'' by 3'' you should have already attached to the roof. Nail the bargeboards to these for extra support.


At this point you should line the doorway with 1'' by 3'' timber or similar as visible in Figure 4.2 and 4.3. The timber will extend past the frame and cover the ends of the cladding you will be putting on later.